Carly Smithson is not upset about her American Idol ouster. Nor is she without theories as to why it happened.
"Maybe it was too late I realized not to take everything so seriously," Smithson told reporters this morning. The judges "were a lot harder on me than the other contestants, so I think maybe it got to me for a few weeks."
Smithson, 24, didn't sound at all bitter, not even when discussing her harshest taskmaster: judge Simon Cowell, who actually praised her Tuesday performance of "Jesus Christ Superstar."
"It's like he set this high bar for me straight away," Smithson said. "It was like I was trying to beat myself week after week."